I love a good blog tour filled with friends, awesome giveaways, and any excuse to get behind my sewing machines. The Back to School Blog Tour hosted by Karly of Paisley Roots was the perfect reason to drop everything and sew up a few back to school pieces.
This little miss starts middle school this year, sob sob. Her actual first day is TODAY and while you are reading this I just might be having a mini-meltdown. Middle School! How did that happen?! She’s so ready and I know she’ll rock it but when did my little girl get to be such an amazing young woman?!
She’s getting to be very picky and very particular about what she wears. She definitely follows teenage trends. She’s such a shy girl that she likes to fit right in and not be too flashy. For her back to school wardrobe, she shopped at her favorite stores, Tilly’s and H&M, and then we threw in three handmade pieces that would really compliment and work well with her store-bought items. What resulted is a cute mix and match mini capsule wardrobe that she loves!
I used three patterns from my favorite pattern designers that cater to tween and teen sizing. Modkid Boutique has an ever expanding catalog of tween patterns that are so on-trend. Hey June Handmades Hey Junior line is a collection of basic pieces that can be hacked into a million different looks. It’s a great starting point for classic patterns you can use again and again. I also turn to Love Notions Patterns because their patterns go from size 2t-16 which means I can use them for my girls and my nieces. I love a great size range!
The first handmade piece is a hacked Brooklyn from Modkid in a super fun Retro Stripe from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. For this look, I took the dress piece and just shortened it to top length. She loves mock necks and this pattern fits her well. It’s slim fitting and has multiple sleeve options. I used the long sleeve pattern piece and shortened it to hit mid bicep.
Her leggings are our go-to Love Notions Leggins’. They are a nice slim cut and always fit her so well. I used a mid-weight cotton lycra from CaliFabrics. I absolutely love the weight of this fabric for leggings. I’ve been on the quest for great leggings fabrics since this girl would live in them and I will be ordering more colors of this for sure!
Her last handmade item is a Morrison Tee from Hey June Handmade in a yummy modal stripe from CaliFabrics. This fabric is my absolute favorite for tees and if it looks familiar it could be because I’ve made a handful of other tops out of it in multiple colorways for her and I. It’s so soft and that drape is amazing!
The Morrison Tee is another pattern that I turn to over and over again. That back curved hem and the oversized fit just make me happy! I did an extra-wide cuff and folded it up and tacked it in multiple places. I just love a cuffed sleeve.
Her store-bought pieces:
Thanks for stopping by! Make sure you head to the other stops on the tour for some adorable back to school looks. Head to the end of this post for a super fun giveaway too!